Thursday, August 07, 2003

Interwoven buys collaboration company | CNET

Interwoven buys collaboration company | CNET "Content-management software maker Interwoven said Wednesday it would buy iManage, a specialist in collaboration software, in a stock and cash deal valued at $171 million.
The companies--which began collaborating as partners earlier this year--said the merger will allow them to sell a full software package that addresses how an enterprises uses and shares documents and other types of content. Both company's products are based on Sun Microsystems' Java and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standards."

A couple observations:
1. Collaboration is back, bigger than ever. It never really went away (e.g., ask the 100M+ Lotus Notes users), but it wasn't portrayed as a compelling space often during the last few years.
2. Any content/document management vendor that isn't rapidly expanding into collaboration and portal features is going to have a very unpleasant near-term future...

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